October is National Dental Hygiene month! I am Ashley, the hygienist here at Leesburg Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. I’d love to tell you about a few of my favorite dental hygiene products!
If you haven’t already, switch to an electric brush! There are several studies that prove they are more effective than a manual brush. My personal favorites are the Sonicare and Oral B brands of electric brushes. Each of these brands do vary with how they work. So ask me more at your next hygiene visit!
Tongue scraping can help clear bacteria from the mouth that can cause bad breath and tooth decay!
Use a scraper instead of your toothbrush!
Researchers found that tongue scrapers removed 30% more volatile sulfur (aka smelly) compounds on the tongue than a toothbrush.
How do you use it? Stick your tongue out and starting from as far back and you can, scrape forward! You will be amazed what comes off!
There are so many mouthwashes on the market. It’s hard to know which one would be most beneficial to you. To choose the right mouthwash for you, we have to find what we need to focus on for your oral care!
If you are prone to cavities, then a fluoride mouth rinse would be best. We all know fluoride can help strengthen teeth to prevent cavities, but did you know it can help repair small weakened areas of enamel?
If you have sensitive teeth, fluoride can also help decrease sensitivity. ACT or the purple Listerine both contain fluoride and are my go to’s to recommend to patients.
Did you know a side effect of most medications is dry mouth? Especially allergy medications! (Tis the season!)
Dry mouth (xerostomia) can lead to increased risk of tooth decay, sensitivity, and oral infections.
Biotene products help relieve dry mouth symptoms and promote salivary flow!
Dental Hygiene Tip